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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 March 2006, 07:21 GMT
Job in restaurant for Zeta Jones
Catherine Zeta Jones
Jones plays a chef in the romantic film Mostly Martha
Many actors work in restaurants while struggling to find their big break, but Hollywood star Catherine Zeta Jones has done it the other way around.

The Swansea-born actress worked for a week as a chef in a Michelin-starred New York restaurant to prepare for a role in a forthcoming film.

She spent her time sautéing and chopping in the kitchen, and even made a brief appearance as a waitress.

Chef Michael White told People magazine she was a "great garnisher".

Mr White owns the restaurant Fiamma - an Italian eaterie in Manhattan's trendy SoHo district - which Jones chose to gain experience for her role as a top chef in the romantic film Mostly Martha.

A few people said to her 'You look so much like Catherine Zeta Jones'
Restaurant employee

Mr White told the magazine: "She's been doing a lot in the kitchen - sautéing and cutting.

"She's a great garnisher. Drizzling oil and balsamic on plates - she does a nice job."

Jones even managed to serve in the restaurant without people realising who she was, according to co-workers.

One employee said: "One night she did a little serving.

"A few people said to her, 'You look so much like Catherine Zeta Jones.' "And she said, 'Oh, I get that all the time'."

The film is scheduled for release in 2007.



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